This is probably the most frequently asked question in contemporary society.
WHERE DO YOU WORK? WHAT DO YOU DO?
How I loathe that as an introductory statement to get to know another individual. It is as if your job title/description utterly defines your very being.
Usually when you ask this question it can be either out of pure curiosity or a methodology to rank how you stack against the individual you just met. I find the latter to be more often true unfortunately and we utilize this question as a means of finding personal solace in how you are doing in society.
As an individual who truly believes in dressing for success, I am often caught wearing my Brooks Brothers suit complimented by a flamboyant pocket square. The amount of times individuals have stopped to ask me what I do is multitudinous, and the conversation usually journeys into banter that is less about who I am and more about my career choices.
If you truly want to be seen as a curious character that is affable and jovial… don’t ask another individual where they work. Challenge yourself to avoid this question entirely, and find more interesting topics to discuss.
VALUE PEOPLE NOT JOB DESCRIPTIONS!